Performing and Cinematic Arts (Bachelor of Applied Arts, B.A.A.)

The Bachelor of Applied Arts in Performing and Cinematic Arts is a production-heavy program that incorporates both traditional film practices and current industry visual effects, providing a complete modern digital cinema degree.

Graduates will complete the program with a thesis-level film and a portfolio that reflects the career they wish to specialize in.

Students who choose this bachelor degree program will have no more than 6 years from admission or subsequent declaration to meet the requirements listed below. If certification, accreditation or statutory requirements change and additional requirements become effective during this time, the new requirements take precedence.

General Studies
Students must complete General Studies courses42
Major Requirements
ART 129Design Software Applications3
ART 190Digital 3D Fundamentals3
CIN 100Introduction to Film3
CIN 130Digital Cinema Survey3
CIN 190Cinema Structure and Aesthetics2
CIN 245Production I3
CIN 250Production Participation2
CIN 253Audio Production3
CIN 255Editing3
CIN 280Portfolio I1
Select two of the following courses:6
Greenscreen & Rotoscoping
Matte Painting
CGI Integration
CIN 335Cinematography3
CIN 340Acting for the Camera3
CIN 342Screenwriting3
CIN 345Production II3
CIN 361Cinema Internship1-3
CIN 377Producing3
CIN 430VFX Supervising3
or CIN 495 Thesis
CIN 477Directing3
CIN 480Portfolio II1
ENT 201Entrepreneurship I3
MKT 301Principles of Marketing3
Electives - Three credit hours from the following Upper Division Classes:3
Motion Capture
Editing II
Commercial Production
Cinematography II
Advanced Screenwriting
Cinematic Sound and Music

 Program Graduation Requirement

  1. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.

University Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  6. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam.